EM Katowice 2021 is predicted to drive a “important uptick” in esports betting motion as the primary CS:GO main of the 12 months begins Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Esports betting operator Luckbox mentioned the Katowice main has historically led to a rise in betting motion. Whereas followers is not going to be allowed on the Spodek Enviornment in Poland resulting from ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the corporate is assured the return of elite competitors after a troublesome 2020 for the esports trade will generate elevated curiosity within the $1 million occasion. 24 of the world’s greatest CS:GO groups compete for the $400,000 first prize.
“CS:GO followers have been starved of motion for a lot of the previous 12 months and IEM Katowice has a particular place of their hearts,” mentioned Metodi Zaburtov, Director of Sportsbook at Luckbox, as repoerted by Reuters. “Knowledge from earlier years exhibits us that there’s a important uptick in CS:GO betting presently of 12 months because of IEM Katowice. That is largely as a result of high quality and recognition of the groups concerned, the high-profile nature of the occasion and intense nature of the competitors – with so many matches being performed over two weeks.”
Prime-ranked Astralis is the +310 pre-event favourite by Luckbox, adopted by Group Vitality (+380) and Heroic (+500) among the many 24-team subject.
“The truth that the match is on-line is a pity however esports followers have proven a robust willingness to proceed to again their favourite groups and attempt to choose winners in such tournaments all through the previous 12 months,” Zaburtov mentioned. “We anticipate that to be the case much more for IEM Katowice.”